Friday, May 20, 2011

How to Get Blog Followers



I have 100 followers! This is a special occasion! (Wow, this has been a really good week for me.) As is tradition, I will celebrate with a spectacular blogfest, which I will announce soon.

But first I want to share some of my methods for getting blog followers. Most of my readers have more followers than I do, but I hope this will still be helpful, and I hope they share some of their own tricks in the comments (hint hint).

Comment on Other Blogs

This reaches out to other bloggers interested in your topic. Unfortunately, they are more interested in the blog you’re commenting on than you.

When you comment, a reader clicks to your profile page, then to your blog, so it shows in your stats as direct traffic. Ergo, I don’t know how well this works. It depends on where you comment (smaller blogs are best so you aren't drowned out by other commenters), how often you comment, and how interesting your comments are.

Forums

Forums are great because you can focus on people who are not only interested in your topic, but are willing to take the time to sit down and read what you have to say.

All you have to do is include the link to your blog in your signature so it shows up in each post you make.

On the downside, forums are time-consuming. There’s an abundance of information in forums and I highly recommend reading them, but it won’t be worth your time if you’re only doing it to advertise.

Forums I participate in are Absolute Write, Historical Fiction Online, Literature Online, and Nathan Bransford.

Guest Posting

When you guest post, you can build a good connection with the other blogger. If the blogger is really popular, you can get a lot of hits. It’s fun and generates good traffic.

If you want to guest post, find a blog that has hosted guests before and ask to swap. Don't hesitate to ask popular people; the busier they are, the more likely they'll want your help. Look at what kind of things the guests talk about, then submit similar ideas.

Blogfests

This is the ultimate way to generate followers. I’d say 70% of my followers came from blogfests.

Here's how it works: a blogger posts an assignment and people write on that topic on the same day. You put your name and your link on the host’s page, and on the day of the fest, people click on the link and read what you wrote. It’s a lot of fun, and the readers are literally trying to make friends and find interesting blogs. They want you, and they haven’t even met you yet.

If you want to participate in a blogfest, you’re in luck! I’m going to host one very soon. More details to follow.


Have you found any other effective ways of gaining followers? Please share!

94 comments:

  1. Congrats on the followers :D And thanks for the tips!

    Can't wait to get more details about the celebration blogfest!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Congrats on reaching 100 followers. This is great advice for getting followers. I found that my number of followers increases when I participate in blogfests. I also really enjoy commenting on and following other blogs.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Congatulations on your 100 followers. I hope they continue to add to your ranks. Have a great weekend, Roland

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hey, congratulations! It's always fun to find out you have a new follower (or in your case, probably several new followers).

    I'm participating in my first blogfest soon, and I'm an odd mix of excited and nervous (I picked an easy topic that I've actually written about before, just to ease myself in).

    Most of my followers, thus far, have come from 1) commenting on other blogs, 2) getting an award from a fellow blogger, and 3) a guest blog post a friend of mine posted on her blog. Looks like you pretty much covered the bases!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Reece:

    What blogfest are you going to do? Don't hold out on us, now, we all want to play!

    That was very nice of your friend to guest post you, whoever it was.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Congrats on your 100+ followers! Can't wait to see what the blogfest will be, I've only participated in one and it was really fun!!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Anyone interested in guest posting, check out Natalie Whipple at betweenfactandfiction.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  8. Hey Teralyn. ^^ I've given you an award here: http://brookerbusse.blogspot.com/2011/05/im-on-fire.html

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hi -
    I found your post when I googled "how to get blog followers" You were the most recently posted even though you weren't at the top of the list. Great tips!
    And now that I've found you I'll be your 126th follower (I think).
    I've never done a blogfest before so I'm looking forward to learning more about it.
    Jan

    ReplyDelete
  10. I stumbled upon this blog the same way as Jan--googled "how to get blog followers." I just started a writing blog, having been inspired by fellow QueryTrackers, and so far, I'm the only follower :) Eh he. So, visitors are welcome...
    http://selfappointedinspector.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  11. Julie, welcome to the blogosphere! Everyone, I checked out her blog and liked it, and I am now the third follower. You guys should pay her a visit.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Pretty much the same as the others I found your blog when I searched for ways to get more followers. This article was really helpful. I hadn't heard of a blogfest before but it sounds interesting, I am following now so am hoping to hear more about it. Great blog by the way.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I'm the same way, trying to get anyone to care about what I am writing seems much more difficult than I had anticipated. Please feel free to follow my blog, too http://pampushkys.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  14. nice post! just started blogging and currently have no followers. hope these tips help. tnx

    here's my link

    http://obinnaemeka.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  15. Thank you for this article! I am also fairly new to blogging and have not figured out how to get a great way to gain followers, so this was very helpful. You have gained one more follower now. Here is my blog if anyone would like to check it out...
    www.fashionablyfitlife.com
    I will be more than happy to follow anyone that follows me. I don't have many followers so I will definitely notice if you follow my blog!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Congrats!!! I'd love 100 followers. I just started my blog a couple of days ago. I hope you all will follow my blog...
    www.sugarplumsandlollipops.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  17. Congrats on your followers! And guess how I stumbled upon your blog...by googling "How to Get Blog Followers". *sigh

    ReplyDelete
  18. Thank you for sharing this information. I would love to be a part of the next "Blogfest". In the process of amassing a group of followers myself. Please to have stumbled upon this.

    -Helen M Boylan.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Thank you for the advice. I found it on google! I started my first blog ever today and am very confused about what I am doing, so thank you!x

    ReplyDelete
  20. And here I thought I would be the only person who stumbled upon your blog when I Googled "how to get followers"! This is great advice, and while I may never be a successful blogger (just started today), you now have another follower! I love your posts. :)

    ReplyDelete
  21. Hey some great tips! Congrats on getting all these followers. I just started blogging and you can check mine out: http://natureforgot.wordpress.com

    Holla!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Very useful. Thanks for the tips ! :)

    ReplyDelete
  23. This is very useful. I just started my blog this weekend, so I totally need all the help I can get!


    liveloveread

    ReplyDelete
  24. This is the first time I've heard of a blogfest. I'll have to look into it.

    I add my blog address to my signature in every email, so every time I send a message, it's there.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Well done and thank you for sharing.
    I'm new and only started my blog so it's very helpful to read this. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  26. I googled how to get blog follower's and came across your site. Great information, thank you.

    http://upscaletreasures.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  27. *smiles*
    Thanks a lot... i felt a bit lost because i was clueless
    Now i see clear. Less clouds and a bit sunshine
    Have a magical day

    http://wortflorist.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  28. Congrats! Your work has paid off. My turn to try!

    ReplyDelete
  29. I too have started a new blog and found yours by searching for ways to get followers.... Hopefully mine will follow as your have. Thanks!

    http://kids-clutter-and-chaos.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  30. I too have started a blog and writing some updates about google adwords and adsense. this is a nice post btw

    ReplyDelete
  31. Great post on getting followers... I only have a mere 11 and hope to get more!!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  32. Thanks for the tips! A Little lost in this cyberworld ~

    ReplyDelete
  33. Thank you for this...i have a blog which i started a few years back and left unattended, now i want to revive it and i need as much followers as possible. Your tips are of great help, really. Thanks a lot. :)

    http://onlinejobsandmore.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  34. Hello, I found this site as well when I queried how to get more blog followers. I hope you follow my blog.

    http://hillaryhermes.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  35. sounds good! can't wait for a blogfest! how do i find one?

    http://aliveandstylish.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  36. Another great way to gain blog followers is to connect your blogger to your Google+ account.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Some of these I've heard or written about before, but some of them are new to me. Thanks for posting!

    ReplyDelete
  38. Thanks for posting this.. :)
    i found your blog when i googled "how to get followers on blog"
    very helpful.. im new to blogging. :)

    feel free to visit and follow. :)
    http://allaboutbeingglam.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  39. Thanks for this....
    This is a big help for a newbie.

    heres my blog your so welcome here

    http://rakowtitz.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  40. yes I am with everyone else, thanks for the post.
    Im just new and trying to figure out everything
    too hahah...

    oh and if there are any blogfests please let me know :)
    http://privatelifeperfectdeviant.wordpress.com/

    ReplyDelete
  41. Ooooh! Blogfests sound interesting! Also a fellow newby here ;)
    http://green-ishacres.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  42. I am also someone who searched "how to get blog followers" in google. haha. Thanks for the tips. My blog is still pretty new but you can check it out if you like. :)

    ninjacookieo.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  43. .the sad part was that i didn't get much followers nowadays. huhuhu. i'll try the tips given by you.. and yeah, if theres any blogfests, do info me :) so long

    follow me here --> fiffycobain.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  44. Thanks for the great tip! I'll have to check out blogfests!

    ReplyDelete
  45. Probably don't understand what blogfests are, but your tips are great. :) Thanks and take some time to check on my blog too. Just created it. :D

    ReplyDelete
  46. Thank you! I just googled how to get blog followers and it lead me right to your blog! You are doing great! Feel free to check out my blog (I only just started) haha ... your tips are awesome.. I shall try them out :)

    ReplyDelete
  47. These blogfests sound interesting, is there a place in particular where you can see/join in on a few of them?

    ReplyDelete
  48. interesting tips I hope your blog does well

    ReplyDelete
  49. thank you for sharing my dear !! hope its help me ~~

    ReplyDelete
  50. hello, i also found this by searching how to gain blog followers! I'm new on this, would you mind checking my blog out? Thanks anyway!
    Love,
    Laura;

    laulaulaura.blogspot.nl

    ReplyDelete
  51. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  52. Great advice Teralyn! thank you
    Here is my blog http://treeofwonders.blogspot.ie/

    ReplyDelete
  53. Thank you for the insightful information. If you are interested in reading a fiction series, here is my blog http://jrleyvas.net.

    ReplyDelete
  54. Love the information you gave..new blogger here and it was really useful

    ReplyDelete
  55. I CANT THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR YOUR INFORMATION!!! finally i found an article about how to get followers. hope you would follow me. :( im still lonely on my fashion blog.

    http://littledreamersavenue.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  56. Hi,
    i got your link from Google, really it was usefull ive been blogging for almost an year it was a good article on how to connect with others. thanks and wish you all sucess!!!
    http://corruptedtesting.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  57. Hi! Found you from Google search. I started my blog two weeks ago. Thank you for your tips!

    http://naturalbeautych.blogspot.co.uk

    ReplyDelete
  58. This is great advice considering I'm starting a new blog for teenagers younglifesarc.blogspot.com
    I was wondering when you're next blogfest was as well.
    Thanks,
    Alex (not actual name)

    ReplyDelete
  59. First off, congratulations on getting to this milestone number of followers. Thanks for the great tips on getting followers. I have been writing reviews for a long time and recently started a blog of my own www.thebuddingblogger.blogspot.com and I cannot wait to get to this number of followers as well.

    All the best

    ReplyDelete
  60. I forgot to say that I have been doing a lot of research on how to increase traffic to your blog and also get more followers. I have found there are quite a nyriad of ways to do this and it can get quite confusing so you must read some of the articles about this about three times in oreder to get the right results.

    I did a small post on my blog about this, sort of narrowing down the options on succesful blogging and I will be posting more good stuff every week for us newbies (and oldies) to blogging. You can read the post at http://thebuddingblogger.blogspot.com/

    Cheers and goodluck

    ReplyDelete
  61. Hello! Little bit late to the party, but really appreciated these points and your insight :) I think part of my problem is my self-sufficient nature, a lack of time (and know-how) to devote to proper networking and the fact that personally, I'm quite insular, especially after parenting two chatty little girls all day! Thanks again, I have some homework to do :)

    http://myvintagepie.blogspot.com.au/

    ReplyDelete
  62. Like everyone else, I found you when I googled how to get followers. I'm new to blogging and always looking for more followers. Have never heard of a blogfest but am definately going to look into it.

    Check me out and follow me. I will follow you back. If you want to exchange buttons, leave me a comment or email and I would love to.
    http://amberscreativeadventures.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  63. Thanks for the information! My blog is for me and writing partners stories that we update weekly. We get tons of views but no comments or follwers. Thanks for the advice, I hope it works lol.

    I hope some of you stop by and read a chapter or two.

    Leinmi.blogspot.com
    LeinmiHallows.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  64. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  65. Hi, thanks for the info, it makes a lot of sense, I just have yet to figure out how to follow people and what-have-you (read my blog to understand why, mimseybunni.blogspot.co.nz)but I will favourite this page so I can come back later ;)

    ReplyDelete
  66. Found this blog when Googling how to get blog followers.

    http://insomniacgarage.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  67. I want to gain more follower, plz comes to my blog
    Ejamshop.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  68. I need these tips, for sure. I'm very new to the blog world, but y'all check out my blog!

    lovealwaysem.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  69. Teralyn--

    Thanks for these informative tips! I never even thought of blogfests, but now that you mention it, I'll take a look. And I love that picture of the fish you have on this post. :)

    -Lucy from http://www.howtowriteandwritewell.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  70. Thanks for your interesting tips....and welcome all to follow:
    please send me a mail that you are following me so I can follow you all back! Happy blogging 2013!

    http://millionairedad.blogspot.fi/

    ReplyDelete
  71. Congrats for reaching this mile stone, it's no easy feat. I have been conducting a serious blogging campaign and I will apply these tips you have given us and I hope to gather more followers. I am in the field of essay paper writing and having 100 followers or more would be nice.

    ReplyDelete
  72. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  73. Thanks for the info! I'm gonna start by commenting now:) he, he....I am also new to this world of blogging. Guess you say I'm clueless but on the otherhand I see the fun in it and the joy of possibly inspiring others! By the way, that's a great milestone you've reached! I'd be happy with 20!

    ReplyDelete
  74. Great post. Thanks for the information on the blogfests - I've never heard of them before. After a quick google search on them I have a ton of info - cheers and good luck

    ReplyDelete
  75. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  76. Very interesting post! I just started a Blog called HISTORY's ODDS AND SODS it can be found at the link:
    http://www.ghosts-from-the-past.blogspot.ca/

    Hope you check it out!

    ReplyDelete
  77. Hi, I know it's been a while since you wrote this post but could you tell me more about these blogfests? I can't seem to find any related to books. Thanks for the post! Gaining followers is a bit of a dilemma for me - I want more but then again, I don't want people who aren't interested in my blog to be following me (as if pretty much the case if you participate in blog hops and the whole follow-me-and-I'll-follow-you deal). Cheers.

    Kim @ Crash Boom Bang (http://bookcritiquerscommentary.blogspot.com/)

    ReplyDelete
  78. Getting followers can be quite a challenge for many people. However, with the right techniques and hose outlined above, getting followers should be easy. Thanks for sharing.

    Regards
    Dickens

    ReplyDelete
  79. Congrats on those followers! And thanks for the tips. I just began my blog, so your post was very useful.

    xo Danielle

    ReplyDelete
  80. Excellent article. I enjoy finding ones that lay out how to do things in simple steps, not just a paragraph block of 'common sense'. On one particular avenue, however, Forums can be a tricky place to get noticed, especially if you sell stuff. Moderators are getting more stringent on who can post and even restricting links in sig lines.

    http://missedstitches.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  81. I happened upon this post by googling how to get followers, so I imagine it's nice to know that your post is still relevant! Thanks so much for posting it; it's great for people like me who haven't blogged for very long. I am actually checking out a couple of the blogs posted here, so feel free to check mine out! Btw, i agree with the previous posters, moderators are very much more stringent about what can be posted in forums now.

    http://alearnedcraft.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  82. Hi, thanks I have been trying to find followers to no avail.
    Thanks and feel free to visit my blog http://mosherii.blogpost.com

    ReplyDelete
  83. Thank you so much for these useful tips. Actually, I love to add more followers for my capture pages and website. Long live.
    http://tinyurl.com/bna2y2e

    ReplyDelete
  84. Hi, thank you for the tips. Maybe you can do one on wht you should post. Any way please follow me on blogspot. Or at least look at my blog.

    Randominfofromkatyy.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  85. Thank you for the tips! I have just started out on blogger and I'm finding it so hard to get followers on my blog! So far I've had pageviews, but no one seems to want to follow!I just signed up for a forum site and hopefully that will help!Check out my blogs www.infinitybeauty711.blogspot.com
    and
    www.lifeofteen711.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  86. Wow, awesome blog, thanks for the article. This Site

    ReplyDelete
  87. SECULARISTS AND THEIR VIEW OF HISTORY

    Did you ever notice that secularists accept historical writings as fact, unless they are about God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Spirit.

    Have you ever heard a secularist proclaim that the following men did not live and that they were not who historians said they were?
    Confucius 551-479 B.C.
    Plato 427-347 B.C.
    Alexander the Great 356-323 B.C.
    Julius Caesar 100-44 B.C.
    Socrates 469-399 B.C.
    Buddha 563-483 B.C.
    Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827
    Homer 700-800 B.C.
    Isaac Newton 1642-1727
    Galileo Galilei 1564-1642
    Leonardo da Vinci 1452-1519
    Marco Polo 1254-1324
    John Locke 1632-1704
    George Washington 1732-1799
    Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865

    Secularists do not question the historical fact, that these men lived and died. They do not deny the role these men played in history. They believe this, by faith, that the historical accounts are accurate.


    Secularists do deny the historical accuracy of the Bible and all other accounts that proclaim Jesus as the Son of God. They deny the historical accounts of God the Father resurrecting Jesus from the grave.

    THE RESULTS OF A SELECTIVE VIEW OF HISTORICAL FACTS.(2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.)

    SECULARISTS HAVE FAITH IN MEN!
    CHRISTIANS HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

    (Scripture from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)


    YOU ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MY CHRISTIAN BLOG http://steve-finnell.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  88. I noticed since you wrote this post you now have 444 followers! Thanks for your advice!
    http://childrensbooksnewparentsguide.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  89. This was a great post. Blogfesting sounds like a great way to get followers. I invite you to follow my blog.

    http://whimsystuffies.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  90. Hi Teralyn: Thanks for you helpful advice regarding gaining followers. I too, am new at blogging and gained a lot of help through our local library on how best to set up a blog, and now I am learning how to connect with others and to gain followers. Another thing I did was get a domain name so I am connected to other search engines. My domain is called www.mywordsmyway.com Hope this helps.

    ReplyDelete
  91. Congratulations!
    This article was really helpful since I'm a new blogger and also an unpublished writer :) so thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  92. Thanks for your insights. Trying to get off the mark with this, so will try your tips on blogfest and geust blogging. Here is the link to my blog - http://criticaleye.co. Thanks

    ReplyDelete

I love hearing from my readers!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...